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@JayMo

Maryville, TN Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 5 days, 15 hours ago

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Personal Bests (1)

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Half Marathon Strawberry Plains, TN Jan 30, 2021 1:56:07

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Millinocket, ME Dec 4, 2021

Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 10, 2021 2:00:57
Half Marathon Spencer, TN Aug 22, 2021
Half Marathon Boulder, CO Jun 6, 2021
Half Marathon Sweetwater, TN Mar 28, 2021 1:58:49
Half Marathon Lebanon, TN Feb 6, 2021
Half Marathon Strawberry Plains, TN Jan 30, 2021 1:56:07
Marathon Mableton, GA Oct 31, 2020
Marathon Abingdon, VA Mar 15, 2020
30K Kingston, TN 2020
50K Alcoa, TN Mar 18, 2019
Half Marathon Tampa, FL Feb 23, 2019
13 Miler Kanab, UT Oct 5, 2018
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018
50K Relay Alcoa, TN Mar 18, 2018
Marathon Fort Oglethorpe, GA Nov 11, 2017
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 22, 2017
200 Mile Relay Flintstone, MD Sep 22, 2017
Half Marathon Black Mountain, NC Jun 3, 2017 1:57:04
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 7, 2017
Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 14, 2017
Glass Slipper Challenge (19.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 21, 2016
15K Atlanta, GA Jan 25, 2015
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 13, 2014
Half Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC 2011

My Raves

I ran my 80th half marathon at GSM Half, my 5th time at this race. I keep coming back for several reasons: 1. BEAUTIFUL scenery near an area that offers … MORE

I ran my 80th half marathon at GSM Half, my 5th time at this race. I keep coming back for several reasons: 1. BEAUTIFUL scenery near an area that offers more to explore pre and post race 2. Fantastic organization with a legion of friendly and helpful volunteers (including me!), 3. a course that offers some challenge without completely depleting my ability to have fun afterward, and 4. the absolutely most beautiful medals anywhere. 5. The sunrise start over the mountains is breathtaking! I could say more, but suffice to say that I have recommended this race to everyone within driving distance, and I highly encourage anyone to enjoy the peaceful side of the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains in this epic race!

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This is a pretty low-frills race typically, and it is a double loop (which I like but most dont'). In years past, the age group awards were printed certificates, but … MORE

This is a pretty low-frills race typically, and it is a double loop (which I like but most dont’). In years past, the age group awards were printed certificates, but this year they were beautiful custom pottery mugs. The best part about this race is the opportunity to see the beautiful falls (after the race) and hike in this spectacular park. The sections that circle the lake are quite lovely.

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The town of Sweetwater is adorable and makes a nice starting location. The early morning electrical storms delayed the start, but overall this race was low-key, reasonably scenic, and fun. MORE

The town of Sweetwater is adorable and makes a nice starting location. The early morning electrical storms delayed the start, but overall this race was low-key, reasonably scenic, and fun.

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This half comes at a good time of year--you're starting to sense that winter is winding down, and staying trained up for this one might get you through the worst … MORE

This half comes at a good time of year–you’re starting to sense that winter is winding down, and staying trained up for this one might get you through the worst of the cold running season. The entire TN State Parks running series offers terrific courses, and this is the longest. I appreciate the 11:00 AM start time, which allows a person to drive from almost anywhere in the state in time for the gun. The race is almost entirely on paved park roads.

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First of all this course has HILLS. It's East TN, so you expect that, or you should. The scenery is both pastoral and mountainous, and the quiet countryside is the … MORE

First of all this course has HILLS. It’s East TN, so you expect that, or you should. The scenery is both pastoral and mountainous, and the quiet countryside is the polar opposite of a loud, urban race, but that’s what I enjoy most. The Knoxville Track Club puts on a quality event always, and this is a longstanding race so the bugs have been worked out of the execution. I have run it in temperatures ranging from 40 to 20 degrees, with or without snow, so the weather is always a gamble, but for a lovely rolling run through the countryside, this one is hard to beat.

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I've run over 40 half marathons, and this is my hands-down favorite. I ran it for the first time in 2011, and I remember thinking, at about mile 8--I will … MORE

I’ve run over 40 half marathons, and this is my hands-down favorite. I ran it for the first time in 2011, and I remember thinking, at about mile 8–I will run this race for as long as I am able. I have returned every year since and have encouraged many fellow runners to give it a try. Here are just a few reasons that I love this race:
*Breathtaking scenery: just when you reach the part where you are about to begin running downhill, you see the beautiful sunrise over the mountains.
*Running through the Cherokee National Forest is exhilarating.
*There’s a part mid-race that is run on dirt. Some people don’t love this, but my legs enjoyed the break.
*The staff, volunteers, and fellow runners are friendly and helpful.
*It’s usually held in early June, a month when a good half is hard to find.
*If you stay at the Ridgecrest Conference Center (super affordable), you can look out the window of your room and see the start line–no parking and navigation hassles.
*Also if you stay at Ridgecrest, you will have your own bathroom to use right before the race, and the race finishes at a church, which of course has an indoor bathroom. Minimal interaction with portable toilets is a win in my book.
*The weather has been warm but manageable every year I have run it.
*It’s located near fantastic day trip options–Asheville, NC, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc.

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